The Clean Air Partnership's research report titled Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business was the subject of a recent webinar. For anyone who missed Fred Sztabinski's excellent presentation, the recording is now available online.
The City of Toronto is undertaking an environmental assessment to determine the preferred option and preliminary design details for a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the railway corridors near Fort York, intended to improve connections between the city, Fort York and the waterfront. The public is invited to attend the first of two Public Information Centre Meetings, to learn more about what is being considered, information on work completed to date, and next steps.
Waterfront Toronto recently held public consultations to reveal the plans for the redesign of Queen's Quay. What is particularly exciting is that the plans call for two traffic lanes to be removed and to be replaced by wide pedestrian boulevards and a continuous off-street Martin Goodman Trail, completing the Lake Ontario Trail.
Walk and Bike for Life has invited Janette Sadik-Khan, the NYC Commissioner of Transportation to come on April 22nd to speak to GTA decision makers, staff, organizational representatives, and citizens. Their first event will be held in Toronto at 11 am in collaboration with the Canadian Urban Institute, and the second event will be held in Port Credit, Mississauga at 7pm.
Roncesvalles will be reconstructed in 2009-10 and the community is actively involved in debating how to best balance the needs of everyone who uses the street. To find out more about the design proposals being considered and to comment on how to best incorporate walking and cycling into the process, go here.
Research report published by the Clean Air Partnership in February 2009 shows that removing on-street parking to install a bicycle lane or widened sidewalk would likely increase not decrease commercial activity.
Nancy Smith Lea has taken on new responsibilities at the Clean Air Partnership (CAP) with her recent appointment as CAP's Director of Active Transportation. In her new role she will continue to lead TCAT as TCAT's Program Director.
Waterfront Toronto, TTC and the City of Toronto have undertaken comprehensive Environmental Assessments to revitalize Queen's Quay from Parliament Street to Lower Spadina Avenue which includes completing the Martin Goodman Trail through the central waterfront. At tonight's public meeting the plans of the recommended preferred designs will be on display and team members will be available for one-on-one discussions.
The Canadian Urban Institute, in collaboration with Walk & Bike for Life, presents a special Urban Leadership Luncheon Session: Mobility at the Human Scale: Planning for Active Transportation. Janette Sadik-Khan is making walking, cycling, and public transportation serious priorities for New York City. In office since 2007, Sadik-Khan has already graced New York City's streets with pedestrian plazas, physically separated bicycle lanes, and dedicated bus lanes, as well as organizing the wildly successful car free “Summer Streets” program.
As reported in a recent Washington Post article, Virginia is taking aim at one of the most enduring symbols of suburbia: the cul-de-sac. The state has decided that all new subdivisions must have through streets linking them with neighboring subdivisions, schools and shopping areas and will maintain only new subdivision streets that meet its connectivity, road and sidewalk requirements.
On March 6th, Nancy Smith Lea (TCAT's Research and Program Lead) and
two members of the TCAT steering committee (Gord Brown and Stephanie
Tencer) met with Elyse Parker, Director of the City's new Public Realm Office. We are very excited to finally have a dedicated, committed voice for pedestrian interests at the City.
Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto (City) are jointly
initiating an environmental assessment (EA) and integrated urban design
study to explore the feasibility of removing the elevated Gardiner
Expressway from approximately Jarvis Street to Logan Avenue.
In reaction to the above news item, a new advocacy group has formed.
They will hold a meeting of interested citizens to improve the project
as it moves through the EA process. At this first meeting they will
vote on a group name, determine a list of project goals and plan an
interactive web presence.
First meeting of Gardiner Takedown Advocacy Group
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 7pm (St. Patrick's Day)
Metro Hall room 303 (southeast corner of John & King)
The "Mimico 20/20 Revitalization Charette" event will take place at the
Mimico Adult Centre, 255 Royal York Road, and will be led by a team of
experts assembled under hired consultant Urban Strategies Inc. This
will be a major community event with almost 20 separate sessions on
various city-building themes with formats including round table
discussions, workshops, invited guest speakers, on-going scale
modeling, hands-on design sessions, as well as a Community Open House
(evening of April 8th). A detailed Charette Abstract & Schedule now
A recent public health report
by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer
Research has found that about one-third of cancers in developed
countries, not including those preventable by not smoking, can be
prevented through diet, exercise, and weight control. Researchers found
that modern cities have impeded walking and bicycling. They recommend
widespread dedicated walking and cycling facilities and traffic
management policies that encourage people to walk or bike.